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Move Smart

Jyväskylä - The city of smart everyday movers

The city of Jyväskylä encourages sustainable mobility. We wish for an increasing number of Jyväskylä residents to make their journeys smartly in the future - on foot, by bike, by bus or even by shared car. Sustainable mobility is profitable for everyone. Smart mobility choices can be seen in the wellbeing, wallet and environment.

Jyväskylä is committed to resource wisdom

"We are implementing an integrated community structure and encouraging sustainable mobility." - The strategy of the city of Jyväskylä

 Examples of promoting sustainable mobility in Jyväskylä:

  • Innovative program for the promotion of cycling 2015
  • Cycling Municipality of the Year 1998 and 2016
  • On foot in the centre: developing the pedestrian centre and  the Green Loop
  • Green Linkki buses: aim to double the number of journeys
  • Public transport campaigns and free days
    • For example, the Santa Hat Day every December, when one can travel on Linkki buses free of charge while wearing a Santa hat.
  • Bus leap to school! The annual tour introduces first-graders to use the Linkki buses
  • Campaigning and new mobility services with cooperation partners 
  • Finland's largest cycling week 
  • Electric bikes can be borrowed free of charge from the cargo bike rental shop 
  • Low emission biogas as a fuel 
    • In Jyväskylä, Mustankorkea Oy produces biogas from waste for transport use. The City of Jyväskylä has about 50 gas passenger cars in the use of city employees and four Linkki buses using biogas in the local traffic (2021)
  • The jury of the sustainable mobility involves residents in the development
  • Mobility guidance in cooperation with the employers in the area

For several years now, the city has been cooperating with employers interested in promoting smart commuting. The aim is to increase the use of public transport, walking and cycling in commuting. Support and advice is available to employers in the design and implementation of smart mobility promotion measures. For example, the employer can encourage the use of public transport by offering employees a commuter benefit.

Tips for sustainable mobility in Jyväskylä

Linkki, bike or sneakers? What is your smart choice today? Smartly on the move in Jyväskylä video (in Finnish)

Kulttuuriaitta in English

Kulttuuriaitta - Children´s culture network

Kulttuuriaitta is a children’s culture network operating in Jyväskylä, Muurame, Hankasalmi, Toivakka, Uurainen, Laukaa, Petäjävesi, Keuruu and Multia in Central Finland. It is one of the original founder members of the Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers. Kulttuuriaitta provides arts and cultural opportunities for children and professionals working with them, offering multi-disciplinary, participatory and inspiring workshops, cultural outings, events. It also runs training sessions, seminars and networking events for people working within the sector.  The network also awards the bi-annual children’s culture prize that celebrates fresh and innovative contributions made to children’s culture by local practitioners. 

Kulttuuriaitta’s work is based on ambitious cultural education curricula, and it offers training opportunities for education professionals. Our facilitator database offers a wealth of useful contacts too.

Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers

Kulttuuriaitta is a member of the Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers. The Association’s purpose is to support the work of professional children’s cultural centres, raise the profile of art and culture aimed at children and promote skills development within the sector. Every year, the association convenes a National Forum on Children’s Culture, providing excellent opportunities for networking.

Kulttuuriaitta in Jyväskylä

Kulttuurineuvola

Kulttuurineuvola first kicked off in Jyväskylä in 2019 and it is run in maternity and child health clinics in collaboration with culture services, social and health care providers. The aim is to provide staff working at maternity and child health clinics with the advice and information they need to disseminate information about cultural events happening in the local area to young families. All clinics now have named cultural coordinators in place, and training will be offered by local arts and culture organisations, including private and public bodies.

Arts and culture training for expectant first-time parents and families with babies

Kulttuurineuvola’s family training sessions offer sneak-peeks and tasters on upcoming cultural events for families with babies along with useful hints on how you can explore your own creativity at home through songs, rhymes and play. These sessions will be run at a number of different venues, including libraries and art museums. You can sign up via your local mother and child health clinic website.

Early childhood education programme   

As a part of the early chilhood education programme, each day care centre in the city of Jyväskylä, both municipal and private day care centres, will be provided with a cultural experience every year. Day care centres are invited to choose their own performer / show, that will visit the day care centre over the course of the year. The shows and performances cover a variety of arts, for example music, theatre, puppet theatre and circus. 

Each year, the early childhood workshop programme turns its attention to one particular area of Jyväskylä, visiting day care centres in that part of the city. All groups within each day care centre are invited to choose their own workshop topic, and an artist will be on hand to facilitate it with the children over the course of a year. The workshop topics include for example music, visual and word art as well as circus.

Kompassi - cultural education curriculum

Kompassi, the City of Jyväskylä’s cultural education curriculum, invites children to explore art and culture. It incorporates annual cultural excursions as well as workshops and performances involving a variety of genres. In the course of the year, all children from pre-school age onwards will be involved in Kompassi activities. These include arts workshops for pre-school and school children, cultural visits to museums and galleries, workshops for students with additional needs as well as touring arts workshops, which will tour a different school district each year. The workshops cover a variety of topics including visual arts, drama, music, media art and circus.

Taidelaituri - after school clubs

Taidelaituri clubs and workshops offer art and culture themed after school activities for school children in their own local area. The activities are provided free of charge and take place at schools and at the Vaajakoski Youth Space. The content is designed by staff working within City of Jyväskylä’s  cultural services, and the activities will be delivered during spring 2020 as part of the basic art education curriculum in collaboration with local schools and sector bodies. 

National Taidetestaajat (Art Testers Campaign) delivers cultural delights to all Year 8 students

Kulttuuriaitta also acts as a coordinator for a number of other projects and initiatives, including the nationwide Art Testers programme. Between 2017 and 2020, this scheme will provide all Year 8 students across Finland with a chance to visit two high-quality professional art productions a year. One of the visits will take place locally, while the other will see the children travel to see a national production in the Finnish capital Helsinki. In 2020–2021, the Art Testers will be run as a regional programme involving one cultural visit for the year. The funding is provided on a 50:50 basis by central government and local backers.

As part of this scheme, schools will be offered a visit to an art gallery or similar institution. The experience is provided to the schools as a complete package that comprises exercises for students to complete in advance, travel to the venue and back and the visit itself, as well follow-up exercises after the event. The project organisers will also conduct surveys to gather feedback on the experience. The surveys are carried out using the dedicated Art Testers app, and the evaluations are posted on the project website as they come in.

The project is run by the Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers’ secretariat and members. The regional coordinator for Central Finland is Hanna Brotkin.


Key persons, contact information

Coordinator Marjo Tiainen-Niemistö
p. 014 266 4048 / 040 736 4328
marjo.tiainen-niemisto[at]jyvaskyla.fi

Culture designer Maria Poikonen
p. 014 26 64247 / 050 306 3967
maria.poikonen[at]jyvaskyla.fi

Regional coordinatior / Art Testers Campaign Hanna Brotkin
p. 014 26 68775 / 050 325 2904 
hanna.brotkin[at]jyvaskyla.fi

Linkki - Jyväskylä Region Public Transport

The green "Linkki" buses take care of the local transportation in Jyväskylä, Laukaa and Muurame. Public transportation of Jyväskylä region is organized by the City of Jyväskylä.

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Routes and timetables

See the map and timetables:

The routes of the buses reach most parts of Jyväskylä and the surrounding region. Local traffic Trip Planner gives you advice on the best public transport connection to your destination within city traffic.

Yellow-black bus stop sign is for local busses.

Information and customer service

Linkki service point (Linkki-palvelupiste)
Visiting address Asemakatu 7
Tel. +358 14 266 0114

Opening hours:
Mon 10-17
Thu-Fri 10-16

Phone service:
Mon-Fri 9-12

Contacts outside of opening hours

Sale of tickets

Ticket products

  • single tickets
  • Waltti travel card/ season tickets (30, 90, 180 days or one year)
  • Waltti travel card/ value ticket
  • mobile ticket
  • day ticket

Single ticket is a personal ticket issued to an adult or child by the driver onboard the bus. The ticket price is based on the passenger’s age and number of travel zones. The ticket permits transfers within the zone for 60 min (1-2 zone ticket) or 120 min (3-4 zone ticket).

Season ticket* is a personal ticket issued to an adult, child, youth , senior or student. The ticket price is based on the length of the period (30, 90 180 days or one year) and the number of travel zones. The period starts when the ticket is validated for the first time.

Value ticket* is money value stored on a Waltti personal or holder travel card and debited according to the price of the ticket. The ticket may also be used to pay for the trip of another person (a younger person or a person of the same age category). The amount of money stored on the card is valid for 5 years.

Mobile ticket is also available and valid on lines 1–42 (not 13M and 43), see more information.

Day ticket is a holder ticket for an adult, child or youth. The ticket can be bought from Linkki service point on a single zone (A, B, C or D) or for all four zones (A–D). A day rate has been specified for the ticket and it can be bought for a maximum period of 60 days.

*Both a season and a personal value ticket can be stored on the same travel card. By default, the card reader first checks the validity of the season ticket. If you wish to use your value ticket to pay the fare, inform the driver before the payment transaction. Season tickets can be used for unlimited travel during their period of validity.

For additional information on tickets and fares

Ticket product prices, travel zones and age/customer groups

The price of the journey depends on number of travel zones and on the traveller’s customer group and age.

There are four zones: a single-zone ticket has the lowest price, a four-zone ticket is the most expensive. Check the travel zones.

Single ticket costs 3,00 € (children 1,50 €) on one travel zone.

Single ticket and value ticket allow the person to exchange freely from one Linkki to another within one hour (1 or 2 travel zone ticket) or within two hours (3 to 4 travel zone ticket) of the payment transaction.

Travel zones are specified for value ticket upon purchase. If the journey differs from this specification, please tell the driver before making the payment transaction. The driver selects the correct zones in the card reader, and the correct price is charged to the value ticket.

A Waltti travel card can be a season ticket and a value ticket the same time. The right to travel is first automatically checked from the season ticket. If you wish to pay using the value card instead of the season ticket, tell the driver before the payment transaction.

Age and customer groups

  • Children (under 17 years)
  • Youth (17–24 years)
  • Student ticket (over 25 years, present a certificate of being full-time student)
  • Senior ticket (65 years or over). Senior ticket is a season ticket or a value ticket. Senior value ticket allows you to travel at a very low price in local traffic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Service transport Linkki-VIP

The City of Jyväskylä provides service transport Linkki-VIP intended for everyone. The service transport vehicles are mini-buses with a low floor level for easy access. A trip costs the standard bus fare, Waltti-tickets are available in ticket offices (see the information above).

The Linkki-VIP-drivers can deviate from the routes to the customer’s door, for example. You can obtain printed schedules and a route guide from the Jyväskylä Info at Asemakatu and from the Linkki-VIP service transport vehicles.

Linkki-VIP Service transport guide (pdf, available only in Finnish)

Lost property and travel cards

Lost property

The belongings you lost in Linkki buses can be from the office of Suomen Löytötavarapalvelu. See contact information and office hours from the website.

Lost travel cards

Please contact Linkki service point, tel. +358 14 266 0114, contacts outside the opening hours.

City of Light Jyväskylä

Welcome to the City of Light!

Jyväskylä has been a forerunner in the field of urban lighting for over 20 years, a city whose example is followed both in Finland and abroad. In addition to pursuing energy efficiency and safety, aesthetics are a key concern: good lighting boosts enjoyment and the quality of life for citizens and business. Jyväskylä residents appreciate the city nightscape and are proud of the city’s decision to invest in lighting.

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Jyväskylä City Theatre

Jyväskylä City Theatre

Jyväskylä City Theatre, founded in 1961, produces versatile, high-quality theatre experiences. The theatre moved to its current location in 1982 when the construction of the theatre building was completed. The theatre house, designed by Alvar Aalto, is situated in the centre of Jyväskylä, right next to the beautiful Church Park.

The theatre has two stages: the main stage (551 seats) and the small stage (approx. 100 seats). Annually, Jyväskylä City Theatre premieres six to eight new productions, and each year the approximately 250 produced performances are seen by some 60,000 people.

In its decades of existence, the theatre house has seen thousands of performances varying from classic musicals and contemporary plays to concerts and operas. Each year, different types of events, seminars and festive occasions of different sizes are held at the theatre as well.

The theatre’s own program is enriched with multiple, diverse visiting productions. In addition, Jyväskylä Sinfonia orchestra organises most of their concerts on the theatre’s main stage.

Jyväskylä City Theatre is currently managed by Director Hilkka Hyttinen.

Online magazine Painovirhe

Online magazine Painovirhe – information in English

Painovirhe is a monthly online magazine – produced by young people for young people. The journalists and contributors live mostly in Jyväskylä region.

Painovirhe arranges editorial meetings. Youth workers help the young journalists to produce their material, whether it’s text, images, video or sound.

For more information, contact Esa Linna at esa.linna(at)jkl.fi / 040 5568 726.

”Painovirhe” means ”typo” in English.

Veturitallit in English

Veturitallit Jyväskylä in English

Here at Veturitallit we offer a wide range of activities for young people to get involved in and is especially known for its focus on youth culture. The building was first built in 1896 and was used as a locomotive repair station. It has been refurbished to meet the needs of today’s culture and we want to add to its long history.

Our youth work professionals organize different workshops for young people such as movie making, acting, dancing, online magazine writing, circus activities and Jyväskylä rock academy. We are adding more and more depending on the needs and wants of our youth.

In Veturitallit we have 2 band rehearsal rooms which are fully equipped for all the needs of our young rock musicians and those who want to create electronic and rap music. For the musicians and other acts who want to perform in front of a live audience, we have a club space with the capacity of almost 300 complete with lighting and sound systems. Along with our local musicians, you can see youth theatre groups perform every spring and autumn.

Our studio Kattila contains state of the art equipment for recording and mixing, and also photo and video editing which includes a green screen for those special effects.

Siperia is our dance and performance centre. Here you can learn old and new dance styles from the waltz to break dancing. Also we hold a circus performance work shop where you can learn how to perform under the big top.

If you want to just come and hangout in our safe and welcoming environment, meet new friends, play the latest games on gaming consoles, then come on down.

Veturitallit’s age range is from 13-29 years.

Craft Museum of Finland

Nostalgia and modern time – a recipe for handicraft that will interest the whole family. 

The museum’s exhibitions and events take you on a journey in time and through the many faces of crafts. The national costumes will show you how people used to live and dress for celebrations. In addition to permanent exhibitions, the museum displays several temporary exhibitions, so there will always be something to experience and many different perspectives to handicrafts. 

Situated on the pedestrian street at the hearth of Jyväskylä, the Craft Museum of Finland is easily accessible museum, which unobtrusive façade hides experiences for all senses and for all ages. The national specialized museum, built on three floors, tells the story of Finnish crafts as part of the weave of history. Handicraft has lived along with Finland both in everyday life and in celebration and it plays a significant role even in our current digital era.

The Sense Space in our permanent exhibition will lead you to the world of crafts through smells, sounds and tastes. It offers the visitors a new kind of memorable museum experience.

In the Open Workshop, you can try your own hand in crafts. You will find there clear instructions, ideas, materials for you to try out. You can create a craft memory to take home with you.